How do you all feel about speaking about what your experience is with PTSD? Like (why it happened) and telling your family and friends?

Chronic Restlessness and Agitation

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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  • UnluckyUnicorn


    I tend to find it does nothing talking about it with my family, since often they were involved they don’t want to hear my point of view. Even if I’m simply explaining my feelings they take it as an attack on their character so I might as well be talking to a brick wall. I have no problem telling others if it’s helpful to me or others but once I’m wasting my breath then there’s no point. I think there’s freedom in being able to share your experience or relating with others. If they were part of the trauma or not it can be healing if they are willing to listen and be kind. I feel more people need to be empowered to talk about it in order to heal from it. I don’t know if that answered your question but I wish you the best ❤️

  • Rosieroo


    I find to only talk if they trigger something or if they ask otherwise my experiences scare them

  • CherryBunny


    Well… I told my mom about one of my traumas last year - in confidence - and woke up the next day to all my brothers messaging me about it because she told them without my permission 🤷‍♀️ so I don’t talk about that stuff with my family (other than my husband).

  • Jadie


    To date only one person knows my full history of trauma and I am okay telling someone about it but that person really needs to prove themselves. So many person even coworkers I barely know weaponized trauma when I started asking for accommodations. So if I do feel it beneficial to tell someone who isnt in that trusted circle I give very breif explanation with no specifics unless it requires. And I would never tell my trauma to a person who hasnt experienced some level of similar trauma because people who dont have given horrible stigmatizing reactions. Used to be something I was ashamed of hiding but now I guard it with respect. Some people simply dont deserve to know me like that.

  • Sleepyqueen


    My family and close friends know, but with people I meet if mental health is brought up I just say that I have depression and anxiety since those are two of my major symptoms of complex ptsd/explain the meds I’m taking for it since it’s just easier to say without being as harshly stigmatized (given that I’m a girl in my 20s) or expected to explain my trauma

  • amiable


    Most people around me grew up seeing and hearing about my past truama. Talking out what I can remember with new friends was when I realized most of what I went through wasn't normal, of course there are thing I won't openly discuss and no one in my family admits that any of it happened

  • Bluemountain0626


    I try not to talk to my family about it because it upsets them and affects their mental health. So I speak to a therapist who can validate my feelings and experiences.

  • Toko


    Generally hate it unless its someone 100% detached from my family, or with a therapist/dr. My family knows i have it but they have no boundary about when is and isnt okay ti talk about trauma.

  • strawberrysoop


    talking to family is difficult, but talking to friends has been really helpful for me. i didnt even think i was allowed to own my trauma and be angry and sad about it until my friends helped me realize its real and valid. i think the only reason im managing to get along at all rn is bc my friends are so supportive

  • Fake


    Talking with my friends is the most helpful coping mechanism there is for me, but it’s different for everyone. They all know everything that’s happened and are super supportive. But it’s definitely hard to tell new people and awkward with my family, as my family are largely who caused it. I remember telling my mom for the first time after a psychologist suggested it and she got offended and said “from what???”

  • momiim


    my family and i all have shared trauma so it's easy to talk them. tbh it never occured to me that people don't experience trauma with their family. i try to not talk about my trauma around my friends because it's very intense so it can make my friends freak out.

  • dentinthehead


    Since my trauma was fairly recent I kind of talk about it like it's no big deal, although I over share constantly, I've tried to talk to my parents about it and they don't want to hear about it, it's hard being told to let it go

  • moonwxtcher


    I don’t think i’m ever going to tell my parents i have ptsd from *them* cuz that would not be a fun conversation to have 🥴 but a couple close friends actually gave me the idea to get diagnosed and I actually brought some of the self fill forms to campus and showed a couple friends the symptoms

  • Jewels18


    The trauma one day all came back bc Of a phrase someone used. After it flooding back, I had to grapple with it myself and I wasn’t ready to share but in time I felt like I was ready to share. It was hard sharing with my close friends and a few of the earlier times sharing I cried but it did help with healing and I believe sharing like I did then got me to where I am now.

  • MissSerpentine


    I'll never tell my parents probably. I know they would confirm me but I can't help but feel like I'm making a big deal out of nothing. Not to mention I was extremely drunk at a party in highschool when they thought I was at a friend's house

  • LiveStronger


    I tried telling my mom and she basically disowned me.

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